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Australia & New Zealand's Largest Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives

It's all here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast, where 1,600+ CIOs and senior IT executives will gain a strategic view of the emerging trends shaping IT and business. Through a powerful mix of Gartner analysts, industry experts, IT and business leaders and cutting edge solution providers, you’ll uncover new ways to approach critical challenges, confidently make impactful decisions and increase your effectiveness as a business leader.

Learn more - hear what last year's attendees had to say

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for:
Roles Include:
  • Corporate-wide CIOs
  • Business unit CIOs
  • Senior IT leaders reporting to the CIO
Senior IT Executives

What You Will Learn

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo explores the top challenges faced by today's CIOs:

  • Understand the key initiatives and investments you'll need to undertake to create a future-proofed, adaptive digital core to support your business strategy for the next phase of digital transformation.
  • Learn how to strike the right balance between shaping customer-focused initiatives with the day-to-day needs of your business with our technology predictions.
  • Master competencies, sharpen your skills and create the culture, structure and relationships needed to find and keep digital talent to help your organization thrive.

Features & Benefits

Shaped by feedback from you and other CIOs to stay focused on only what is most relevant and useful, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo experience includes:

  • A community of over 1,500 CIOs and senior IT executives
  • An agenda focused on the imperatives that you and your team must pursue, to align with your enterprise mission critical priority
  • Agenda tracks on technology & information, leadership and business strategy
  • Innovative guest keynotes brimming with inspiration from the world’s top innovators and leadership experts
  • CIO story sessions featuring visionary C-level leaders sharing practical examples of putting digital leadership into practice
  • Step outside traditional boundaries and think differently with our Maverick sessions
  • Over 50 Gartner analysts on-site providing you with the most personal guidance and advice possible in analyst one-on-ones
  • A wealth of peer engagement opportunities to make lasting connections, share best practices, and network with over 1,500 peers, across all industries
  • Over 90 solution providers filling the ITxpo showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including Guest Speaker Keynotes, Industry Monday, Ask the Analyst sessions and Gartner Analyst Keynotes
  • (2) Two private Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings (30 minutes each)
  • Industry Program which includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor, where over 80 leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Wednesday night Special Event
  • Conference agenda planning through Gartner Events Navigator

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Key topics in 2017

In 2017 we explored key topics most critical to IT leaders today within the context of technology, leadership and business strategy:
  • Artificial Intelligence: Do More Together
  • The Future of Experience: Deliver a Winning Impression
  • Internet of Things: Secure the Value of Things
  • Security and Risk: Build a Resilient Business
  • Cloud: Coordinate Success
  • Platform Economy: Connect and Grow
  • Cost Optimization: Run IT Like a Business
  • Disruption and Innovation: Redefine Your Business
  • Leadership in a Digital Age: All About Influence
  • Culture and People: Your Biggest Asset

View the 2017 post-event Executive Summary report to learn more

Special programs and features

  • The CIO Experience – Join CIO peers for a targeted experience to help you succeed as leaders and share best practices
  • Signature Series – Be the first to hear the latest research to help you stay relevant
  • CIO Stories – Get firsthand insights from CIOs in the business and technology trenches
  • Maverick sessions – Step outside traditional boundaries and be prepared to think differentl

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 Executive Summary Report

Image Two words defined Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017: innovation and disruption. Enthusiasm for all things digital is at its peak. CIOs were urged to buckle up for the inevitable “Trough of Disillusionment,” as many initiatives will be successful while others will fail. Analysts urged CIOs to prepare for the wild ride ahead by expanding digital dexterity. It’s time to push digital innovation beyond experimentation to permeate the business, drive competitive advantage and deliver value. Sessions explored how to best leverage artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), APIs, industrialized digital platforms and other new technologies to scale the organization’s reach, relationships and people.
Throughout the event, industry luminaries, analysts and IT leaders reiterated the importance of speed and agility in a world where technologies such as cybersecurity, blockchain, real-time event streams and immersive technologies are accelerating the pace of change. In the following pages, you’ll find a summary of key take-aways to keep in mind as you rethink your IT strategy to scale digital business in the coming year.


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Guest Keynote Speaker

  • Garry Kasparov
    Garry Kasparov

    Chess Grandmaster, Author, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Conference Chair

Bard Papegaaij
Bard Papegaaij

Gartner Research VP

Bard Papegaaij is a Research Vice President for Gartner's Office of the CIO group. With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, including CIO, CTO and IT management roles, Mr. Papegaaij delivers CIOs and IT leaders IT advice and guidance to help them improve their personal and professional success in delivering exceptional business results while building their personal, interpersonal, and leadership skills and capabilities. Focus areas for his research are: Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Skills, Culture and Cultural Change, Creating a Motivated and Engaged Workforce in the Digital Age, and Branding.


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Information Technology

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you identify and explore technology and service providers to address your mission critical priorities as a CIO and IT leader. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings. 

  • For Attendees: Learn about the innovative solutions that will add the most value to your business.
  • Learn more about ITxpo and the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us for information on speaking and exhibitor opportunities




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Venue & Travel

Gold Coast, Australia


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive
Queensland, Australia - 4218


The Star (Formerly Jupiters)
Broadbeach Island
Gold Coast, Australia

81 Surf Parade
Gold Coast, Australia


By Air
The Gold Coast has its own domestic airport at Coolangatta, just 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre with regular flights from all capital cities. Services are provided domestically by three airlines, Virgin, Tiger and Jetstar, and internationally through multiple Airlines. Brisbane International Airport is located just a one hour drive from Broadbeach.
Airport Shuttle Buses
Airport shuttles can be pre-booked by contacting the Gold Coast reservations team on +61 7 5554 5552 or email: info@goldcoasttransport.com.au

Taxi Service (no pre-booking required)
Gold Coast Cabs – 131 008
Taxi’s are available throughout the Gold Coast and operate on a metered system.  The approximate cost from the Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is AUD$65, the approximate cost from the Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is AUD$290.
Airport Transfers (required to pre-book service)
Point to Point Airport Transfers +61 7 5554 5552
Shuttle service Gold Coast Convention Centre to Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport $85 (1 – 3 passengers)
Shuttle service Gold Coast Convention Centre to Brisbane Airport $185
*Please contact Point to Point Transfers and advise you are with Gartner.  If you would like to organise a shared private service, please advise the friendly staff at Point to Point Transfers.
By Public Transport
To get to and from the Brisbane Airport, the closest train station is called Nerang. It is about 15 minutes by taxi or you can also catch a Surfside bus.
There is a bus stop directly in front of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Gold Coast Highway. There are also taxi and limousine ranks at the main entrance. You can also access the rail line to Brisbane via a bus from Jupiters Hotel and Casino.
For more information contact: Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail
G:Link (Light Rail)
There’s a new way to get around the central Gold Coast with G:link, Queensland’s first light rail system. Fast, frequent trams connect 16 stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.  Guests staying at the Crowne Plaza will be able to enjoy a short one stop journey to the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo with the G:link stop directly outside the hotel and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre!

Car Park & Driving
For driving and car parking information please click here for the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre’s website. A $10 inclusive of GST flat rate is charged for parking at the centre.